MARION COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - The partnership between FirstEnergy and Fairmont State University has given students the opportunity for local internships and employment after college.
Along with a check of $16,500, FirstEnergy also donated some equipment to help the university create a real-world, high-technology lab experience for students.
The funding given to the University is a way for the company to give back for providing them with employees.
The University says the partnership helps keep graduates in the state.
"When they radiate they're able to have careers that keep them here, that keep them home so that they can become part of the economic engine of the state," said Fairmont State University president Dr. Mirta M. Martin.
The University plans to use the donation from the first energy foundation to update their lab equipment and expand their technical engineering program.